How Dirt is Accumulated
Over time, your air ducts can accumulate dirt, regardless of how clean you are in the home.
The particles may develop on tables and lamps before reaching an air duct. Over time, some of the particles may become airborne and will be sucked back into the ventilation unit. In some cases, the particles can make their way into a cooling or heating system, but still, many can remain in the air ducts. As time goes on, the particles will build up in the ducts and can prevent quality air from entering the home. The air ducts are likely to accumulate dust, dirt, and chemicals if you own pets, or are a cigar or cigarette smoker.
Clean Air Ducts and Your Physical Health
Dirty ducts don’t always equal unhealthy air. Yet, they can contribute to existing health issues.
Dust is comprised of different spores and allergens that can wreak havoc on your health if not dealt with. These contaminants can cause serious issues for people with:
- Respiratory health conditions
- Environmental allergies
- Autoimmune disorders
It’s important to be aware some people may be more sensitive to contaminants than others. For instance, poor indoor air quality can affect asthma and allergy sufferers. It can also impact the health of young children and the elderly.
Dust & Dust Mite Allergy
You or a loved one might be living with a dust mite allergy and may not even realize it. There are many symptoms to look out for that could be a sign of excess dust in the home.
Some of the dust mite allergy symptoms can include:
- Irritated eyes
- Runny nose
- Shortness of breath
- Scratchy throat
Those living with other allergies may also experience the same symptoms. If you believe you may have a dust mite allergy, consider an air duct cleaning service.
You should also consult an allergist for testing to confirm or rule out a health complaint.
How to Prevent Air Duct Contamination
While it’s essential to clean your air ducts, there are also ways you can prevent contaminants.
To prevent dust and dirt, we recommend changing your filters on a regular basis. Double check there are no missing filters. Also, ensure that air can’t bypass the filters via gaps around the filter holder. You should try to remove dust on surfaces across the home to prevent them becoming airborne. Use a high-efficiency vacuum cleaner or a high-efficiency filter bag.
How Often Should You Clean Your Air Ducts
Now you know how dirty ducts can impact your health, you’ll want to know how often to do air duct cleaning. We recommend a biannual cleaning schedule to cleanse the ventilation system. Try to integrate the routine into your spring and fall cleaning schedule. This prevents any seasonal allergens from entering your home and affecting your health. Clean air ducts will allow fresh, quality air to circulate throughout the property.
About ABC Cleaning, Inc. of Orlando, FL
Serving Central Florida since 1992, ABC Cleaning, Inc. has been the acknowledged leader in air duct cleaning, chimney cleaning and dryer vent cleaning. We’re NADCA certified, we consistently invest in and have the most modern equipment and utilize the latest technology available with the best-trained service technicians in all of Orlando. If you need help deciding whether to replace or repair faulty ducts, please contact us at ABC. We provide quality HVAC service throughout Orlando and the surrounding communities. Please give us a call today at (407) 381-2120. We are here to help!